Well I didn’t think was right to look at the new Ace without taking a look back at the vintage one. This Ace came with the original Skystriker and his design was featured in most of his early comic appearances:
He looks like an astronaut. There I said it. It’s probably not Hasbro’s fault. I’m sure there were plenty of futurists and technology gurus at the time that said this what future pilots would be wearing. If I remember right some high altitude air craft do require this kind of suit. Just not the F-14 Ace flies.
The large collar and Michelin Man arms and legs lend the most to this appearance. They are okay. It’s obviously a pressurized suit and one of my favorite details is the locking cuffs on the gloves.
There are some splotches of red to brighten him up in places. The color scheme was echoed on the 25th line’s Matt Trakker. Honestly, I honestly wondered if the base figure for Trakker was intended to be Ace at some point.
Speaking of paint, his groin is painted in superhero fashion. He’s got a red Speedo and some grey harness around his groin. I can say in battle, that’s one area I wouldn’t be painting a target on.
What is missing paint is the gun sculpted on his chest. This makes much more sense to me than the new versions ankle holster.
As a vehicle pilot, Ace probably wasn’t the most exciting figure in kid’s collections. I would Imagine he got shunned for lack of accessories and astronaut looks.
To be fair, he has one accessory, his helmet. I always thought this worked out pretty cool. At this scale, it’s nice to see they could work out a removable helmet that you could still see his face through.
While I’m not a huge fan of him as a pilot, I do like Ace. Of course, I dig astronauts as well. As a symbol of his time and representation of the character, he’s pretty much spot on.